Forensics Salary for Lab Technicians and CSIs in Minnesota

Employment in the field of forensic sciences is growing nationally, and Minnesota is no exception.  The state’s Department of Employment and Economic Developed is projecting an 18.5% growth in forensic science jobs in the period of 2010 to 2020.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides data on the salaries and employment levels of forensic science technicians in Minnesota for 2012.  One hundred such professionals were employed in the state in 2012.  They made the following salaries:

Minnesota City
Average Annual Salary
Minnesota-statewide
$51750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
$51680

Forensic science employment in the state is concentrated in the Twin Cities area.  The salaries of these professionals can vary widely depending on their amount of experience.

Forensic Lab Technician Salaries. 2013 salaries for forensic scientists in St. Paul specializing in the examination of latent prints are show below:

  • Forensic scientist II:  $49,867 – $71,128
  • Forensic scientist III:  $59,584 – $83,716

Crime Scene Investigator Salaries. In addition to having jobs as technicians in the lab, forensic scientists can specialize in crime scene analysis.  This entails documenting crime scenes and preserving evidence for further analysis.  Some crime scene investigator positions are civilian ones, while others use the expertise of experienced sworn officers such as detectives.

The salaries for some civilian crime scene investigator positions for 2013 in Minnesota are shown below:

CSI Position
Minnesota City/County
Criminalist
Hennepin County
Forensic scientist
Minneapolis
Sheriff’s crime lab technician
Hennepin County
Sheriff’s criminalist
Hennepin County

Overall Forensic Science Technician Salaries

The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of forensic science technician salaries by hourly and annual percentiles for these professionals in the Twin Cities area.  It is shown in the following table:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
100
51700

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